THE FLATS – Georgia Tech junior James Banks has submitted paperwork to the NBA league office to make himself available for the NBA Draft, Banks and head coach Josh Pastner announced Monday.
The 6-9 center from Decatur, Ga., who was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-Defensive team this past season, has submitted his application to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and to the NBA. The application enables Banks to work out for NBA teams and attend the NBA Draft Combine, if invited, and receive feedback on his potential draft status. He must remove his name from the draft by May 29 (NCAA withdrawal deadline) in order to maintain his college eligibility. Under new NCAA rules, college players can retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process.
“James will get the opportunity over the next few weeks to receive all the feedback he needs from NBA people to make a decision on his future,” said Pastner. “He is a tremendous young man and an excellent student-athlete.”
Banks led the ACC and ranked 11th nationally in blocked shots during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while connecting on 56.4 percent of his shots from the floor.
The NBA’s early-entry withdrawal deadline is June 10. The draft is June 20.
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